Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on 'ugly win' over Bulls

Antetokounmpo and Co. didn't impress but still beat the Bulls in Game 1.

by Dzevad Mesic
Giannis Antetokounmpo reflects on 'ugly win' over Bulls

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted his team didn't play their best but added he was glad they escaped with "an ugly win." The Bucks and Bulls are teams capable of scoring in bunches but Game 1 was marked by misses and ugly basketball.

Luckily for the Bucks and home fans, they escaped with a 93-86 win over the Bulls. Antetokounmpo shot 10-of-19 from the field and went 6-of-11 from the free throw line as he finished the game with 27 points and 16 rebounds.

"So many reasons why the game was ugly," Antetokounmpo said, per ESPN. "Wasn't able to make open shots, wasn't able to get to our spots. Not just for us, both teams. I think not playing the game for a couple days, gets you out of rhythm.

But at the end of the day a win is a win. We really didn't want to be down 0-1."

Antetokounmpo and Co. claimed a tight victory

The Bucks didn't enjoy an impressive night on the offensive side of the ball but did a great job on the defensive end.

"Guys like Wes, Jrue and Khris and they just take such great pride in playing good defense," Bucks center Brook Lopez said. "They stepped it up even more at the end of the game. They knew we needed the stops, so they were totally 100% locked in and we got the job done." Meanwhile, Bulls star guard DeMar DeRozan voiced his frustration after going 6-of-25 and scoring 18 points.

"I don't know what the hell was going on," DeRozan said. "It just wasn't me. All of us. I guarantee, me, Zach and Vooch are not going to miss that many shots again. We just got to keep what we did defensively up and try to take that to another level." The Bulls had a chance in Game 1 but failed to capitalize on the Bucks struggling on the offensive end.

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